During an eRate training session in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30, USAC's Catriona Ayer listed the 10 primary reasons eRate applications are denied:





  • Applications request ineligible products and services. If 30 percent or more of the services requested in an eRate funding application are deemed ineligible, the application is automatically denied. This is known as the "30 Percent Rule," Ayer said; the best way to avoid an automatic denial because of this rule is to "break out," or separate, funding requests as much as possible. When in doubt, she said, do the math. If your calculations for ineligible services come in
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